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  • First look at 2015 Medicare plans

    First look at 2015 Medicare plans
    Medicare has released a sneak peek of what will be available in 2015. The new data, which the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released Sept. 18, names the insurers that will be selling privately run HMO-style Medicare Advantage and...
  • Government reveals $3.5 billion in industry ties to doctors, hospitals

    Opening the book on long-hidden industry relationships, the federal government revealed nearly $3.5 billion worth of payments and other ties that U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals have with drug and medical-device companies. These financial details,...
  • Walgreen suffers 4Q loss on acquisition charge

    Walgreen suffers 4Q loss on acquisition charge
    Walgreen Co. reported a net loss for its fiscal fourth quarter after absorbing a large accounting charge related to its acquisition of European counterpart Alliance Boots GmbH. The drugstore operator recorded an $866 million noncash loss in the quarter...
  • Walgreen merger yields net loss for 4Q

    Walgreen Co. reported a net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter after absorbing a large accounting charge related to its acquistion of European counterpart Alliance Boots GmbH. The drug store operator recorded an $866 million noncash loss in the quarter...
  • Drug, device companies paid $3.5B to doctors, hospitals

    Drug, device companies paid $3.5B to doctors, hospitals
    The federal government reported Tuesday that doctors and teaching hospitals were paid $3.5 billion in the last five months of last year by companies that sell medical equipment and drugs. The newly public data cover 4.4 million payments, including...
  • Hospitals Required To Tell Patients Of Observation Care Status

    Starting Wednesday, a new state law requires Connecticut hospitals to tell all patients when they are being kept in the hospital for observation instead of being admitted and to warn them about the financial consequences. Anyone who goes to the...
  • Congressional 'perks' under siege in midterm ads

    Flights home from Washington, D.C., a six-figure salary and the House gym: They're all perks of the congressional gig, right? They're also political collateral in more than a dozen House races this cycle. In political ad after ad, challengers are taking...
  • Humana to integrate its health application with Apple's HealthKit

    Humana to integrate its health application with Apple's HealthKit
    Humana Inc, which manages private Medicare and individual Obamacare insurance plans, said on Monday it has integrated its consumer health application with Apple Inc's HealthKit. The move, the first announced by a major insurer, enables Humana customers...
  • Feds to publicize drug company payments to doctors

    Feds to publicize drug company payments to doctors
    For decades, Big Pharma and medical technology firms have made gifts and other payments to physicians as part of developing, testing and marketing their products, an expense long recognized as another cost of doing business. On Tuesday, the federal...
  • Accountability slow to reach rural hospitals

    Accountability slow to reach rural hospitals
    Crawford Memorial Hospital, in rural Robinson, Ill., is the only hospital for miles around. Just like elsewhere, Crawford's doctors deliver babies, perform routine operations and see thousands of patients in the emergency room. But Crawford, along...
  • Blame Scott, not Obama

    A letter writer recently took a jab at President Obama by blaming him for the Medicare doughnut hole for medication. Here's a quote about the Medicare doughnut hole from an AARP website dedicated to medical issues: "Because of the health care law...